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Call for Articles The editors of a special collection of essays on the RSC’s 2014 Season are seeking submissions. The season will feature a fantastic range of plays, from Henry IV 1 and 2 to The White Devil and The Roaring Girl. Proposals for articles of 6,500 words are welcome. From the announcement: Articles might focus on a production in the context of the play’s performance history; productions in the context of this specific season; or on productions in the context of British and/or international Renaissance drama production. Articles might address (but are in no way limited to) the following issues:
- Exploration of the interplay between these Shakespearean and non-Shakespearean plays which will be performed in different theatre spaces.
- The 2013 RSC season also saw the performance of a violated woman and a transgressive woman in Titus Andronicus. Where will these new productions fit in the context of the RSC’s history?
- How will these productions respond to other more recent portrayals of femininity on the British stage? This may cover both Renaissance and modern plays, addressing where the RSC fits in Britain’s current theatrical culture.
- The histories are plays that Phyllis Rackin has called ‘the least hospitable to women’ which would apply here to the Henry IV plays, but the collection of plays given over to women in this season do not appear (on the surface) to champion women either. How will the productions address this issue?
- The Shakespearean plays being performed are Henry IV and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The non-Shakespearean plays are under the heading ‘Roaring Girls’. Is it fair to view these productions along lines of femininity and masculinity?
- How these ‘new’ histories respond not only to historical and current contexts but also how they specifically respond to RSC’s theatre history.
Additional information, including deadlines and submission guidelines, is available here.
The Renaissance Conference of Southern California seeks submissions for its June 2014 meeting. Paper proposals on a range of disciplines (Religion, Philosophy, Science, Art, History, Literature, Music) are welcomed. This is a wonderful conference put together by some lovely people, and I encourage you to attend. Additional information is available here.
The Black Atlantic The CUNY Graduate Center is hosting a conference on Currents of the Blac Atlantic. The submission deadline has just been extended, and the organizers are accepting proposals for panels and papers on a number of topics, including:
Memory, Subjectivity, and the Black Diaspora
Remapping the Spatiotemporalities of the Black Atlantic
Early Modern Atlantic Crossings and Early Transatlantic Exchanges
Engenderings and Queerings of the Black Atlantic
Sounds and Music of the Middle Passage
Transatlantic Affective Economies Black Atlantic Matter(s): Things and Objects of the Middle Passage
Ethics, Archives, and Historiographies of the Black Atlantic
Intersections of Race and Labor Latin American and/or Caribbean Studies and the Black Atlantic. To see the full call please visit the conference website here.
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